Day 1 of the 2017 GTurbo Rod Hatter Memorial, Perenjori 360 has been run and won in stiflingly hot conditions. The field of 38 competitors were put the test with the temperature in the 40’s before intermittent light showers passed over various parts of the course
Round 1 of the 2017 CAMS Carnarvon Motel WAORC started brightly with prologue being an enthralling affair. Travis Robinson smashed the field to go quickest by 22 seconds, but it was the man who was in second who was on everyones lips. Young Stephen Ketteridge-Hall lit up the timesheets to be 2nd fastest and fastest Prolite. Scott Bryce would charge hard in his Proformance Extreme 4wd to finish 3rd outright and also quickest in his class. It was evident that some competitors were much better suited to the conditions than their counterparts, with Colin Doney pushing the Extreme 2wd Beetle into 8th outright and fastest Extreme 2wd. Graeme Bentink dominated the Production 4wd class in his Gturbo powered Landcruiser to be quickest on prologue and 26th outright, whilst Dan Hawkins just edged John Flynn to lead the Super 1650 class
With 2 laps of the course the target for section 1, it was a battle of attrition early. Scott Bryce was the first to drop from 3rd outright before Stephen Ketteridge-Halls promising performance came to an end when he clipped a barrier damaging the front suspension. Nathaniel Edwards was pushing into Brad Coopers dust when he lost massive amounts of time due to trying to rectify a sticky throttle. Other stories to come out of the first day include Mark Cramer running the best part of a lap on a deflating tyre and Mark Murray clipping a tree and damaging his Extreme 4wd Nissan Patrol. Peter Barrett in his #42 Pro Buggy also sustained front suspension damage to put paid to his campaign Over the 2 laps it would be Travis Robinson who would eke out a 1 minute 47 second lead over Prolite competitor Jared Percival who worked his way through the field from his section start of 6th. Brad Cooper holds down 3rd outright whilst Brad Krepp leads the Extreme 4wd class in 4th outright. Greg Pickergill was one of the big movers and shakers, up into 6th outright and 1st in the Extreme 2wd class. Graeme Bentink still leads the Production 4wd class whilst Dan Hawkins maintains a 39 second advantage over John Flynn in what remains a tight tussle.
With 2 more sections, each 2 laps to go tomorrow this race certainly isn’t over. With storm clouds rolling in, the potential for overnight rain also have crews scratching their heads about what Sunday will bring. One thing is for sure though and that is that the Gturbo Rod Hatter Memorial Perenjori 360 is set to go down to the wire and is proving to be a great way to kickstart the 2017 CAMS, Carnarvon Motel WAORC